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Voting for Tea Area bond starts Tuesday morning

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Voters in the Tea Area will head to the polls tomorrow.

They'll decide whether to build a performing arts center and an addition to the elementary school.

The district says the addition is necessary, but a group of parents says it's not.

This bond has failed two times before.

Once last September and again in December.

Those two votes were for the addition and a new elementary school.

The existing elementary school is so crowded, kids are learning in mobile classrooms called "stick buildings."

Those in support of the addition aren't giving up, even if a new school has to wait.

The Tea School Board met Monday to discuss the $10 million bond vote on Tuesday.

Chad Zortman was at the meeting and wants people to vote no.

"That's what I'd like to hear from them is, where have they been the last 6, 7, 8 years when kids have been attending school in these buildings and they've had to go 30 to 40 yards through the harsh conditions and all of the sudden in the past year it's priority one," said Zortman.

He sees it as a waste of money.

"Essentially the board is standing their ground and we're not going to go down without a fight," he said.

Jolene Loetscher supports the bond.

She wasn't at the board meeting because she was going door-to-door with Tea Area students to get people to vote yes.

"To invest that in children you're going to get that back so many times over and because it's an investment in kids, that's why the kids themselves are doing the campaign, that's why they're going door to door because that's who this is for," said Loetscher.

She added the rainy weather they're walking in is what the kids who have class in the stick buildings have to do every day to get to the bathroom or lunch, "So if you think it's acceptable for children to stand outside in these conditions then you can vote no, but if you really think this is a wrong thing for kids then you need to vote yes."

The bond needs 60% of the vote to pass.

The vote last December failed by just 14 votes.

Polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM tomorrow.

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